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Robbery Suspect Flees During Power Outage

A man wanted in an armed robbery slipped out of a hospital where he was being treated Saturday for injuries he suffered when his car struck a utility pole in Palmdale, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported. The crash knocked out power in the area for about three hours.

Kenneth Caufield, 27, walked out of Palmdale Hospital Medical Center shortly after the 7:50 a.m. accident on Sierra Highway, south of Palmdale Boulevard, Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Diederich said. Deputies using a search dog scoured the area around the hospital but failed to find Caufield, Diederich said.

Details of the robbery were not available.

The crash knocked out power from Sierra Highway to 30th Street East and from Palmdale Boulevard to Avenue R, Diederich said.

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